Jamie Carragher: “Motivation? That’s not Rafa’s biggest strength”

Rafa Benitez Newcastle

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]amie Carragher believes that Rafa Benitez will bring silverware to Newcastle United, if he saves them from relegation this season, who is having only 10 matches to secure their next season in Premier League.

Carragher played under Benitez and won Champions League for Liverpool. After the humiliating results from recent matches, Newcastle appointed Benitez to save their Premier League position next year.

Former Liverpool player Carragher said with the Sky Sports: I think for Newcastle, it’s a fantastic appointment to get a manager of that calibre,”

“I think over the last decade, you’d have to go back to Bobby Robson [to find someone] who has won that many honours.

“These next 10 games – if he can get through those, then over the next three years he could be the man that stops that rot of trophies. He’s won so many trophies in his career.

“The fans shouldn’t be concerned, not at all. For any Newcastle fan, forget the next three years, focus on the next 10 games.

“If you’re a fan and Newcastle went down, you wouldn’t want Rafa, you’d want someone that has experience in that league and has success in that league. Rafa won’t want to be there.

“It works perfectly for both parties; if he keeps them up, it’ll be a great appointment over the next three or four years and hopefully he can get Newcastle back up the table. I think the next 10 games are all that matters for everyone involved.”

He added: “I can’t remember ever seeing Rafa at this end of the table,”
“That’s why I’m interested in seeing how he goes about it. That’s why I’m interested in seeing how he manages, how he prepares his players.

“Motivation? That’s not Rafa’s biggest strength. He will look at how they suffer tactically. Rafa was probably the best I had with setting up a back four. There’s probably going to be a lot of repetition and he won’t apologise for that.

“Those players will work hard – whoever they’re playing, it will be a difficult game for them. It won’t be the open expansive style the fans want, for now he will be focusing on trying to make Newcastle difficult to beat.”


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher picks Arsenal to be champions

Jamie Carragher

The sensational win over Manchester City gives more advantages to Arsenal to march top though it is too early to decide. All teams are struggling to maintain their form and getting results with three points.

But, Arsenal continues the best run since last two months. Leicester City is sitting above them with just two points. In January transfer window, big teams will spend a lot to regain their position.

In the meantime, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wishes Arsenal to win the Premier League 2015-16.

On Dailymail he Said: “Seeing Leicester top on Christmas Day was fantastic,”

“Their story in 2015 could not have been scripted and I genuinely hope it continues for as long as possible. But if I could pick a team to be champions, I would not hesitate in selecting Arsenal.

“The main reason is for Arsene Wenger. He changed football when he arrived in England but for the last five or six years he’s had to endure a lot of stick from the media, pundits (guilty!), Jose Mourinho and even his own fans. But Wenger very rarely reacts, and he tries to take it all in his stride.

He added: “His team are moving in the right direction and, after two FA Cups, I would like to see him lift the Premier League trophy again. It would be an achievement to crown his outstanding career.”